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The Common Market 31st July 1961 UK Prime Minister Harold MacMillan announced in the House of Commons that moves to try to join the European Common Market will now go ahead. Ted Heath, deputy foreign secretary was appointed to conduct the negotiations. The offer to negotiate for membership will depend on satisfactory arrangements for special…

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  BOB DYLAN September 28th 1961 As a 20 year old he played his debut concert in New York’s Greenwich Village at Gerde’s Folk City. His music was described as a blend of nasal drawl of Depression-era folk singers and the growl of Southern Blues. An American singer/songwriter, author and visual artist Bob Dylan has…

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27th August 1961

  Sunday Dear Diary             At midday Lena and I crawled out of our beds, very sleepy and full of memories of the party.  Although the thought of Lena’s return home has been in the back of our minds all the time, it was the party that would be the final ‘event’ of her visit…

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  The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament was founded November 1957 by Bertrand Russell, Fenner Brockway and Canon John Collins it is an organisation that advocates unilateral nuclear disarmament by the United Kingdom Between 1959 and 1965 CND organised the Aldermaston marches which became a feature of the Easter weekends of those years.  At their height…

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September 1961   The Initial Teaching Alphabet James Pitman’s Initial Teaching Alphabet is tested in a number of schools The  i.t.a. was regarded as a great idea but a dismal failure. So many children were left floundering in its wake. Talk to anyone today who was taught to read through i.t.a. and they will almost…

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26th August 1961

Dear Diary,

A glorious day that went on into the early hours!

It started for me at 9am, early for a Saturday.  I had a hair appointment at 9.30.  Lena was asleep when I left and still asleep when I returned at 11, feeling very glamorous.

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